Cordova Bay 55 Plus

Aug 3, 2020

This has been going on a long time!  The Centre has now been closed for 20 weeks and this is our 17th Update Letter.  With the introduction of Phase 3 of the province’s Restart Plan some of us have broadened our horizons to include a few additional activities and people and we eagerly anticipate the gradual re-opening of the Centre in October.  Others still feel very confined.  We all miss the many aspects of our lives that are now so restricted.  We completely understand the deep concern still felt about the pandemic, the current state of our world and all the associated turmoil.  The uptick in COVID-19 cases in the province is also a cause for anxiety..

It helps to remind ourselves of the many things we have to feel grateful for.  We are so very fortunate to live in the Victoria area where blessings abound!.

Just to name a very few:

  • Clean water, clean air, a moderate climate, and lots of room to safe distance outside.
  • Bonnie Henry and other health care professionals and politicians who support each other and provide us with a unified message urging us to be kind as well as disciplined.
  • Limited exposure to COVID-19 (so far) and good health care.
  • Beautiful gardens and scenery, miles of lovely beaches, and so many interesting trails to walk and hike and share with others.
  • A temperate climate where even at its hottest or coldest when we complain we would be considered wimps by the rest of Canada.
  • A compassionate and caring approach from most for many of our social problems.
  • Not much traffic, comparatively speaking,.
  • Access to all kinds of shopping and healthy and tasty fruits and vegetables grown almost at our back doors.
  • And the wonderful organization of CB55+, built and carried on by caring leaders and all of our members along with their individual enthusiasm and good will!

We are also very fortunate to live in an area where there are people at the forefront of developing medical and engineering solutions for use in our collective battle against COVID-19.  Thank you to Ted Dobie for forwarding a website link to a recent article in The Capital that reviews some of these interesting projects.

Victoria COVID-19 Initiatives
One of our many beautiful Victoria gardens – Butchart Gardens photos by Bob Greig (July, 2020).
Barb’s Corner


Here are some words for your thoughtful perusal:

As you might know, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring doughnuts.
One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike because of an accident.
One of them missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
One’s car wouldn’t start.
One went back to answer the telephone.
One had a child that dawdled and didn’t get ready as soon as he should have.
One couldn’t get a taxi.
A man put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there he developed a blister on his foot so he stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.  That is why he is alive today.

Now, when I’m stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone….all the little things that annoy me, I think to myself: this is exactly where my guardian angel wants me to be at this very moment.

Next time your morning seems to be going wrong; the children are slow getting dressed; you can’t seem to find the car keys; you hit every traffic light; don’t get mad or frustrated.  It may be just that someone is watching over you!

Oh, and a message to all those grandparents who are missing their grandchildren right now.  “Once this is over you can have them for a month!  Sincerely, A Tired Mother.”

Happy Days to you from Barb!


In Memory of Dorothy Evans

We are so sad to report that CB55+’s beloved Dorothy Evans has passed away.

As Gwen MacPherson reports:  ‘As sad as we all feel, I am SO grateful that we were able to celebrate her 95th birthday just a month ago.

Her deep love of music is something she shared with so many, and she really understood how music is such an integral part of all of us.  Just remember that dancing fiddle and Dorothy’s lovely smile when the song ended with a final swish of her bow!’

Special Interest Group Updates:
The CB55 Golf Group is enjoying a banner season.  This photo was not taken during a CB55 golf event but it shows how serious all golfers are at following COVID-19 Protocols – even our golf bags are practicing social distancing!

Thank you, Jane Affleck, for this photo and Ted Dobie for sending it on.

Last week the CB55+ Worth a Read Book Club had their first in-person meeting since February at a lovely shaded area above Beaver Beach at Beaver Lake Park.  Eight Members brought their own chairs and safe-distanced to discuss the historical detective novel, Maisie Dobbs.  Created by the author Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie is a “psychologist and investigator” in post–World War I London.  The book was well-received by all.

We have heard from some members that while they can’t attend the book club meetings, they would like to follow along with us at home and send in some comments on the books we are reading.  Please contact either Sue Jergens at or Jan Grewar at and we will be happy to facilitate this by adding your name to a secondary e-mail list..

CB55+’s Walking Group is going strong with up to 4 groups of 6 people safe distance walking every week.  Pat Bancroft keeps us well-organized with a systematized approach to rotating leaders and walks.  While we still sometimes frequent coffee shops at the end of the walk, we will often bring our own chairs and coffee and enjoy a natural setting near the end of our walk or in our leaders’ back yard.  Many of us enjoy the smaller groups as it gives us a chance to get to know people better.  We recognize and appreciate how much more administrative work is involved though!

These photos by Bob Greig are from a recent walk on Colquitz Trail near Beaver Lake where we were lucky enough to see some baby Barred Owlets. They weren’t quiet!  Did you know that a group of owls is called a Parliament of Owls?

Cordova Bay 55+ Housekeeping

Minutes from all CB55+ regular Board Meetings are generally available for viewing in our office by all current members of CB55+.  As our website is not private we are unable to post them on-line.  If you would like to keep up with our latest discussions and view a draft copy of the minutes of our meeting from July 9th, 2020, please either reply to this e-mail or send a request to Sue Jergens at

We have attached the minutes from the Annual General Meeting held on June 30th, 2020 for your review. As the meeting took place in record time there isn’t much to them!

AGM Minutes – June 30th, 2020
Member Contributions:

We are pleased to introduce another travel adventure from Vic WoodVolcano Adventure on Maui.

Volcano Adventure on Maui by Vic Wood
Cordova Bay Elementary School

When Cordova Bay first opened its doors in 1946, it had only four classrooms and an enrolment of 86 pupils from grades one to six. On opening day there was no heating system and the school had unfinished floors and outdoor plumbing. In spite of this, Cordova Bay School quickly gained recognition for being one of the best schools in Saanich.’ (Source – School District # 63 website)

Many of our members have prior contact with the school that predates their membership in CB55+ when as parents or grandparents of students they participated in the school’s history.  We believe there are only a few of us that can boast that we were actually former students of Cordova Bay Elementary School.

We thought it would be fun to collect some old memories of the school and Cordova Bay and share them.  Did anyone go dancing at McMorran’s, for example?  If you have memories of Cordova Bay Elementary School or the Cordova Bay area that predate our original opening in April, 2006, please reply to this e-mail or forward to Sue Jergens at  We would love to publish them.  We won’t use your names unless you want us to!   (Early school memories from other locations are also welcome.)

Here are a few sample recollections from the early days to get you going!

Cordova Bay Elementary School Memories
Member Recommendations:

NetFlix Recommendation – SALT  FAT  ACID  HEAT  – a travel and adventure limited series that follows the adventures of Samin Nosrat.  Samin is a TV host and food writer and a master chef.  Highly recommended  and thanks to Bette Anderson for letting us know.

August 3rd  is the last day to view the Sooke Fine Arts Show, which is presented on-line this year.  To access:

Sooke Fine Arts Show – last day is August 3rd, 2020
Cadboro Bay Sand Castles – On-Line Contest through Saanich
In closing, an Apache blessing by Esra Sloblock:

May the sun
Bring you new energy by day,
May the moon
Softly restore you by night,
May the rain
Wash away your worries,
May the breeze
Blow new strength into your being,
May you walk
Gently through the world,
And know it’s beauty
All the days of your life.

Stay safe and take good care of yourselves – we look forward to seeing you again!

Your Board of Directors

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If you would like to communicate with us directly please reply to this email or contact
Sue Jergens at (250)479-2226,
Jan Grewar at (250)658-2297 or
Patricia Houston at (250)381-0656.

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Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association

1-5238 Cordova Bay Road

Victoria, BC V8Y 2L2


CB55+ Board Update May 20, 2020

The CB55 Plus Centre remains closed until further notice.
Given our demographic being a higher risk and the guidelines for group gatherings and physical distancing (“groups of around 2 to 6 and preferably outdoors”) there are no plans to open the Centre at this time. The Board continues to be in contact and will monitor and follow the Government and Public Health directives and guidelines and keep you informed of any changes.

While we will continue to miss socializing together at the Centre and within our groups, there may be other ways to carry on some of our activities and stay connected via videoconferencing and small groups outdoors. Please check out the Groups tab above and the News section of the Summer edition of the Blue Heron News for updates on what groups are doing. Thank you to Brenda Hurd and Judy Burgoyne for their ongoing work in producing the newsletter.

I hope you are enjoying the Weekly Update conceived to keep us connected. Thank you to Sue Jergens, Jan Grewar and Patricia Huston for the fine job they are doing on putting this together.

We have added two new tabs on the CB55+ website: “Weekly Updates” to enable you to easily access the Updates and any links they contain, and “Member Contributions”. The Member Contributions tab are where we will place member submissions to share with other members. There are member’s short stories, poems and pictures for you to enjoy. We invite you to send along something that you would like to share, e.g. your stories, poems or other creations. Send your submissions to one of the Communications Team listed in the Weekly Updates. Thank you to David Squance for keeping our website updated.

Notice of closure due to COVID 19

In response to recent announcements regarding COVID-19 from Saanich Recreation and Public Health agencies, CB55+ is temporarily cancelling all Activities and closing the Centre as of today, March 18, until further notice. 



It’s important to be aware of our vulnerable members and to reach out to them with offers of support where possible. We will miss seeing each other but know that we will keep in contact with one another by phone and email to offer each other support as we go through this.

Public Heath experts say social distancing is not an over-reaction, especially within our demographic.
Keep healthy and stay safe. 
CB55+ Board

For COVID-19 information please refer to the Island Heath information link below and the attached Patient Handout.

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update

Corona Virus (COVID-19) – Update
The CB55+ Board is monitoring the guidance and direction of the Public Health Agencies on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Board decisions regarding continuing our activities are based on consideration of being proactive for the well-being of our members. Effective Monday March 16th the following Activities will be postponed until further notice:

  • Kitchen Services including Wednesday lunches.
    • Refunds for tickets already purchased will be refunded at the office.
    • Note: Coffee and Tea will be available in the lounge from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 
  • Tuesday Drop-In
  • ON THE GO AGAIN  – Bobbi and Gwen will contact members 

Other Activities will continue under review until further notice. Activity leaders may communicate with you directly with updates regarding Activity changes. Let’s remember we are a social organization and as such we will continue to maintain our contacts and reach out to and support each other as we go through this together.
Thank you for taking precautions to protect yourself and others. We ask members to follow Public Health recommendations including staying at home if you have symptoms of a cold or flu or otherwise feel unwell. We also ask that you not come into the Centre if your household includes members who have cold or flu-like symptoms. Please note:

  • The BC Ministry of Health now requires that anyone returning to Canada self-isolate for 14 days.·                 
  • The B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has recommended British Columbia’s call 811 if they have COVID-19 symptoms. The nurses on the phone line will not be able to diagnose people with the virus but will be able to provide essential information.

Corona virus update

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update
The CB 55+ Board is monitoring the BC Ministry of Health updates regarding the COVID-19 developments and recommendations. At this time we are not cancelling any of our activities but we will be assessing this daily. Note that regular activities are scheduled to continue over the school spring break. We ask members to follow Ministry of Health recommendations including staying at home if you have symptoms of a cold or flu or otherwise feel unwell. We will keep you informed of any changes. 
Stew Arnold


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Cordova Bay 55+ Association

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Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association
#1-5238 Cordova Bay Road,
Victoria, BC, V8Y 2L2
Telephone: 250-658-5558
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